Po­lice raise likely death toll in Lon­don high-rise blaze

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LON­DON | The num­ber of peo­ple killed or pre­sumed dead in the Lon­don high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the fi­nal death toll may not be known for months, Bri­tish po­lice said at a grim brief­ing Wed­nes­day.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice de­tec­tive su­per­in­ten­dent Fiona McCor­mack said po­lice were do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to es­tab­lish who was in Gren­fell Tower when it caught fire on June 14. They have been hob­bled by an in­ac­cu­rate list from the ten­ants’ man­age­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion in charge of the public hous­ing tower, she said.

The ren­o­va­tions com­pleted last year have been a fo­cus of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause they in­volved in­stalling cladding that quickly spread a fire that started in a re­frig­er­a­tor along the out­side of the build­ing. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said that 120 high­rise build­ings in 37 parts of Bri­tain have failed fire-safety tests so far — a 100-per­cent fail­ure rate.

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